The weather on King's Night was cold and dry, but revelers managed to stay cozy. In the big Dutch cities Wednesday night was busy and jovial, and there were no major disturbances at any of the festivities, RTL Nieuws reports.
For the first time since 1996 frost blanketed De Bilt on Kings Night, according to weather agency Weeronline. And with minimum temperatures of -2 degrees measured at De Bit, this was the second coldest King's Night measured since 1949.
King's night was dry, fairly clear and really cold in most places. Only the coastal provinces saw some rain. Frost blanketed most of the country. The lowest temperature was measured at the Twenthe weather station, where it dropped to -3.4 degrees, a new record. That is the lowest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands on April 27th.
A 25-year-old motorist from Prinsenbeek was arrested on King's Night for crashing into three pedestrians in Breda and then driving off. An 18-year-old man from Glize and a 20-year-old man from Hoogerheide were taken to hospital for treatment. The third, a 21-year-old from Etten-Leur, sustained minor injuries, the police said in a statement.
The motorist sped away after hitting the pedestrians, but the police were able to track him down. He was arrested in a parking lot in Etten-Leur shortly after the incident. A breathalyzer test revealed that the he had too much to drink.
King's Night celebrators and flea market visitors and traders are advised to dress warmly tonight - minimum temperatures are expected to drop to freezing tonight, according to weather services Weerplaza and Weeronline.
A number of places woke up to frost this morning, and the same is expected for tonight. "King's Day self will be around 10 degrees. In addition the weather will be quite turbulent, with sun, clouds and a single rain shower. The days after that, the temperature rises and it becomes less volatile", Diana Woei of Weerplaza said to the Telegraaf.
Arnhem residents will have the opportunity to test their ecstasy pills for free on King's Night, Wednesday April 26th. IrisZorg is setting up an ecstasy testing station on Ir. JP van Muijlwijkstraat 195 where drug users can make sure that their ecstasy is safe, the Gelderlander reports.
The drug testers will use the outer features of a pill - diameter, thickness, color, logo - and an acid test to check whether the pill is on the recognized list. The list contains pills that have been analyzed by a lab several times over the past period. It updates weekly.
Support is streaming in for samba band Samba Sabor after enforcement officers nipped their performance in the bud in Utrecht on King's Night.
A 20 year old man from Wijchen was arrested in connection with a stabbing incident at a King's Night street party in Nijmegen in which four people were injured.
Bad weather in the Netherlands resulted in King's Night being quieter on Tuesday than in other years. Events and parties across the country attracted fewer visitors than usual.
Four people were injured in a stabbing incident in Nijmegen during the early hours of King's Day. The police are looking for the perpetrators.
Utrecht kicked off the King's Day festivities with its annual King's Night flea market, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. Many Utrecht residents decided to brave the horrible weather and despite the rain and cold, the market was quite busy.
The Netherlands' city streets were crowded with King's Night revelers on Sunday night.
The weather for King's Day is not expected to be very suitable for a day spent outside. The temperature is forecast to be between 9 and 12 degrees, reports KNMI. There is a 90 percent chance of precipitation. Sunlight for the day is estimated at 20%.
Sebastiaan Helderman has made a public announcement on his Facebook page on Sunday that he will give €1000 to the person who comes with the golden tip about the man who assaulted his girlfriend.
Police in Amsterdam arrested a total of 212 people during the festivities on King's Day and King's Night, the municipality of Amsterdam reports Sunday.
The traditional pre-party to King's Day, 'Koningsnacht' will be celebrated in Dutch cities like The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam. Several hundreds of thousands of partygoers are expected to descend on city centers Friday night.